Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has insisted that his side did not deserve to lose 4-0 to Manchester United, in their Premier League opener on Sunday and bemoaned the absence of some of his top stars.

Lampard suffered the heaviest defeat by a Chelsea boss in their first game, since Danny Blanchflower lost 7-2 at Middlesbrough in December 1978.

Marcus Rashford scored twice, while Anthony Martial and debutant Daniel James also got on the scoresheet, as the Red Devils ran riot at Old Trafford.

Four mistakes for the goals, lets get that out straight away because we have to be self-critical about that.

But other than that, for 60 minutes we controlled the game. It wasnt a 4-0 game for long periods but we need to accept it.

At half-time, we should be in the lead. Then all of a sudden the second and third goals, two mistakes, and its much easier for them, Lampard told reporters after the match.

Chelsea were without injured stars Callum Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rudiger, while France midfielder NGolo Kante was only fit enough to come off the bench.

At 1-0 we were the better team but I cant stand here and look happy with that because its 4-0.

We are missing internationals and big players but I dont want that to be an excuse, Lampard added.